Guru Nanak states, “Everything is lower than Truth, but higher still is truthful living.”[1. GGS p. 62].:-
SIREE RAAG, FIRST MEHL:
The enticing desire for Maya leads people to become emotionally attached to their children, relatives, households and spouses.
The world is deceived and plundered by riches, youth, greed and egotism.
The drug of emotional attachment has destroyed me, as it has destroyed the whole world. || 1 ||
O my Beloved! I have no one except You. Without You, nothing else pleases me.
Loving You, I am at peace. || 1 || Pause ||
I sing the Praises of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, with love; I am content with the Word of the Guru’s Shabad.
Whatever is seen shall pass away.
So do not be attached to this false show. Like a traveller in his travels, you have come.
Behold the caravan leaving each day. || 2 ||
Many preach sermons, but without the Guru, understanding is not obtained.
If someone receives the Glory of the Naam, he is attuned to truth and blessed with honor.
Those who are pleasing to You are good; no one is counterfeit or genuine. || 3 ||
In the Guru’s Sanctuary we are saved.
The assets of the self-willed manmukhs are false.
The eight metals of the King are made into coins by the Word of His Shabad.
The Assayer Himself assays them, and He places the genuine ones in His Treasury. || 4 ||
Your Value cannot be appraised; I have seen and tested everything.
By speaking, His Depth cannot be found.
Abiding in truth, honor is obtained.
Through the Guru's Teachings, I praise You; otherwise, I cannot describe Your Value. || 5 ||
That body which does not appreciate the Naam — that body is infested with egotism and conflict.
Without the Guru, spiritual wisdom is not obtained; other tastes are poison.
Without virtue, nothing is of any use. The taste of Maya is bland and insipid. || 6 ||
Through desire, people are cast into the womb and reborn.
Through desire, they taste the sweet and sour flavors.
Bound by desire, they are led on, beaten and struck on their faces and mouths.
Bound and gagged and assaulted by evil, they are released only through the Name, through the Guru’s Teachings. || 7 ||
In all places, You are the One and Only.
As it pleases You, Lord, please save and protect me!
Through the Guru's Teachings, the True One abides within the mind.
The Companionship of the Naam brings the most excellent honor.
Eradicate the disease of egotism, and chant the True Shabad, the Word of the True Lord. || 8 ||
You are pervading throughout the Akaashic Ethers, the nether regions and the three worlds.
You Yourself are bhakti, loving devotional worship.
You Yourself unite us in Union with Yourself.
O Nanak! may I never forget the Naam! As is Your Pleasure, so is Your Will. || 9 || 13 ||
SIREE RAAG, FIRST MEHL:
My mind is pierced through by the Name of the Lord.
What else should I contemplate?
Focusing your awareness on the Shabad, happiness wells up.
Attuned to God, the most excellent peace is found.
As it pleases You, please save me, Lord.
The Name of the Lord is my Support. || 1 ||
O mind! the Will of our Lord and Master is true.
Focus your love upon the One who created and adorned your body and mind. || 1 || Pause ||
If I cut my body into pieces, and burn them in the fire, and if I make my body and mind into firewood, and night and day burn them in the fire, and if I perform hundreds of thousands and millions of religious rituals—still, all these are not equal to the Name of the Lord. || 2 ||
If my body were cut in half, if a saw was put to my head, and if my body were frozen in the Himalayas—even then, my mind would not be free of disease.
None of these are equal to the Name of the Lord.
I have seen and tried and tested them all. || 3 ||
If I made a donation of castles of gold, and gave lots of fine horses and wondrous elephants in charity, and if I made donations of land and cows—even then, pride and ego would still be within me.
The Name of the Lord has pierced my mind; the Guru has given me this true gift. || 4 ||
There are so many stubborn-minded intelligent people, and so many who contemplate the Vedas.
There are so many entanglements for the soul.
Only as Gurmukh do we find the Gate of Liberation.
Truth is higher than everything; but higher still is truthful living. || 5 ||
Call everyone exalted; no one seems lowly.
The One Lord has fashioned the vessels, and His One Light pervades the three worlds.
Receiving His Grace, we obtain Truth. No one can erase His Primal Blessing. || 6 ||
When one Holy person meets another Holy person, they abide in contentment, through the Love of the Guru.
They contemplate the Unspoken Speech, merging in absorption in the True Guru.
Drinking in the Ambrosial Nectar, they are contented; they go to the Court of the Lord in robes of honor. || 7 ||
In each and every heart the Music of the Lord’s Flute vibrates, night and day, with sublime love for the Shabad.
Only those few who become Gurmukh understand this by instructing their minds.
O Nanak! do not forget the Naam. Practicing the Shabad you shall be saved. || 8 || 14 ||
SIREE RAAG, FIRST MEHL:
There are painted mansions to behold, white-washed, with beautiful doors; they were constructed to give pleasure to the mind, but this is only for the sake of the love of duality.
The inner being is empty without love.
The body shall crumble into a heap of ashes. || 1 ||
O Siblings of Destiny! this body and wealth shall not go along with you.
The Lord’s Name is the pure wealth; through the Guru, God bestows this gift. || 1 || Pause ||
The Lord’s Name is the pure wealth; it is given only by the Giver.
One who has the Guru, the Creator, as his Friend, shall not be questioned hereafter.
He Himself delivers those who are delivered.
He Himself is the Forgiver. || 2 ||
The self-willed manmukh looks upon his daughters, sons and relatives as his own.
Gazing upon his wife, he is pleased.
But along with happiness, they bring grief.
The Gurmukhs are attuned to the Word of the Shabad.
Day and night, they enjoy the Sublime Essence of the Lord. || 3 ||
The consciousness of the wicked, faithless cynics wanders around in search of transitory wealth, unstable and distracted.
Searching outside of themselves, they are ruined; the object of their search is in that sacred place within the home of the heart.
The self-willed manmukhs, in their ego, miss it; the Gurmukhs receive it in their laps. || 4 ||
You worthless, faithless cynic—recognize your own origin! This body is made of blood and semen.
It shall be consigned to the fire in the end.
The body is under the power of the breath, according to the True Sign inscribed upon your forehead. || 5 ||
Everyone begs for a long life—no one wishes to die.
A life of peace and comfort comes to that Gurmukh, within whom God dwells.
Without the Naam, what good those who do not have the Blessed Vision, the Darshan of the Lord and Guru? || 6 ||
In their dreams at night, people wander around as long as they sleep; just so, they are under the power of the snake Maya, as long as their hearts are filled with ego and duality.
Through the Guru's Teachings, they come to understand and see that this world is just a dream. || 7 ||
As thirst is quenched with water, and the baby is satisfied with mother’s milk, and as the lotus does not exist without water, and as the fish dies without water — O Nanak! so does the Gurmukh live, receiving the Sublime Essence of the Lord, and singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 8 || 15 ||
[1. GGS p. 62].
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